How can I get rid of excess fluid weight caused by dialysis?

To get rid of excess fluid weight caused by dialysis follow these tips:
  • Drink only when thirsty.
  • Keep your blood sugar in the normal range. High blood sugars will make you thirsty.
  • Try eating ice cold or frozen fruits, vegetables or fluids (example: berries, grapes, flavored drinks).
  • Try eating hard candies, chewing gum or sliced lemon wedges to wet your mouth.
  • Most people find ice more satisfying than the same amount of water since it stays in the mouth longer. Remember ice still counts as fluid.
  • Staying busy may help you forget about wanting fluids.
  • Know how much fluid your cups and glasses hold. Try marking your glass with stripes to know how much fluid you are drinking.
  • Avoid high sodium foods.
Some high sodium foods are listed below:
  • salt
  • regular canned vegetables
  • salted popcorn
  • seasoned salt
  • sauerkraut
  • crackers
  • garlic or onion salt
  • pickles, olives
  • salted nuts
  • lemon pepper
  • regular canned soup
  • salted chips
  • meat tenderizers
  • pizza
  • pretzels
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • luncheon meats
  • Gatorade
  • hot dogs
  • sausage, chorizo
  • pastrami
  • salami
  • ham
  • bacon 
In order to avoid excess fluid weight gain when you are on dialysis, you should maintain a healthy fluid level by drinking no more than a quart of liquid in excess of what is discharged from the body daily. You should also avoid salty foods, which increase thirst. If you have gained excess fluid weight, discuss the issue with your dialysis team, who can adjust the dialyzing time accordingly.

Continue Learning about Dialysis


Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

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